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A Culinary Extravaganza in Bountiful Burgundy

It’s easy to see why travelers fall in love with the Burgundy, France. It is the culinary heart of France and home to legendary vineyards with UNESCO World Heritage status. Burgundy in September, though, is even more stupendous because the harvest is in full swing. However, Burgundy with Chef Bob Waggoner in September will be unparalleled! Throughout the tour, you will experience the colorful, rich history — and all of the delectable epicurean delights — of this beguiling region, including Beaujolais, Louhans, Vonnas, Tournus, Beaune, and Dijon, and walk in the footsteps of a younger Chef Bob Waggoner. His personal experience living in Burgundy for nearly 12 years — working alongside numerous Michelin-star chefs, securing his own spot as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, and being Knighted with the “L’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France — will make this a trip you won’t soon forget … not to mention the exquisite, 5-Star Hotel Boscolo, the high-end country estate Chateau de Montsymond, and activities carefully curated by Premier Tours & Travel on this exclusive tour.. You will also spend three nights in the capital of gastronomy, Lyon, in the Rhone region to round out your palette and tour.    
 
September 28-October 8, 2021
From $5,970 Per Person; Double Occupancy
Single Supplement $1,800
Deposit $1000; Limited to 20 Passengers
 
May 17-27, 2022
June 14-24, 2022
September 20-September 30, 2022 with Chef Bob Waggoner
October 4-14, 2022

From $6150 Per Person; Double Occupancy
Single Supplement $1,800
Deposit $1000; Limited to 20 Passengers

 
Highlights of Your Stay in Lyon (3 Nights)

After an overnight flight from the United States, land in Lyon, France.

Day 1: Meet & Greet at Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport by our local Premier Tours & Travel representatives for a private group transfer* to the world capital of gastronomy, Lyon in the Rhône region, before checking in to enjoy your luxury accommodations, Hotel Boscolo (or similar). This evening will be at leisure.

Day 2: The next day, enjoy a guided walking tour of Lyon, including the historic UNESCO World Heritage district to see the ancient Roman theater of Fourvière, La Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, and ride the funicular. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore Lyon. Reconnect to experience a fantastic dinner cruise to experience Lyon from the water.

Day 3: On your final full day in Lyon, explore the Croix-Rousse district, which is the former silk-weaving district. Learn about the history of silk weaving and experience a live silk weaving demonstration before enjoying one of the most beautiful panoramic views of the city. Transfer to Les Halles de Lyon for a guided food tour, including tastings and wine, with time for shopping. The balance of your day and dinner is at leisure..


   
Highlights of Your Stay in Burgundy (7 Nights)

After your gastronomy and sightseeing adventures in Lyon are complete, private transfers will transport you from Hotel Boscolo to your historic (yet modernized) accommodations, Château de Montsymond, in Burgundy. This incredible chateau, which was built in 1571 and painstakingly restored, enjoys an exceptional location in the heart of Southern Burgundy. Throughout the next week, you will call Château de Montsymond home and enjoy plenty of leisure time to partake in the offerings of this country estate, including the gorgeous swimming pool, a private fishing pond, billiard and poker and chess lounges, a Pétanque court, massage therapy services, and a games room, as well as activities that take you off property, such as biking to the nearby medieval village of Romenay, tennis in Romenay, golf, a catfish hunting safari, and a hot air balloon ride.**

You also will enjoy daily interactive cooking opportunities and nightly gourmet Chef’s dinners with Chef Bob and a locally acclaimed chef for your Welcome Dinner on property.

A carefully balanced itinerary of sightseeing, wine tasting, and culinary experiences off property have been curated for you, including a dinner at a Michelin-star restaurant in Tournus, France – a small but Michelin-mighty village in Burgundy.

Day 4: En route to the chateau, stop in beautiful Beaujolais, where you will enjoy a guided visit through the golden-stones village of Oingt — ranked among the most beautiful villages in France, a wine tasting, and lunch at the picturesque Les Terrasses de Pommiers (or similar). Settle in to your accommodations before experiencing a Welcome Dinner with our local Burgundian Chef Raphael.

Day 5: Beaune, the charming walled town distinguished by its unique array of pre-Roman, medieval, and Renaissance architecture, where not only will you have a guided tour of the Hotel-Dieu Museum/ Hospices de Beaune — a flamboyant example of Gothic architecture and one of France’s most prestigious historic monuments, you will also have time to roam at leisure through the Saturday market or alongside Chef Bob as he recounts his days in Beaune as Chef de Cuisine at the two-star Michelin Le Vieux Moulin, sharing stories of life in Burgundy. Transfer to Chef Bob’s friend’s winery in Aloxe-Corton: Maison Louis Latour (or similar). Enjoy a personal tour of and select tasting at Château Corton-Grancy, built in 1749 and owned by the Latour family since 1891, followed by a gourmet lunch with Latour wine. Return to the villa for a Chef’s Dinner with Chef Bob Waggoner.  

Day 6: Today will be at leisure to catch your breath and allow you to truly enjoy your accommodations. Partake in a late-afternoon cooking class with Chef Bob in preparation for the evening’s Chef’s dinner.

Day 7: Discover the Bresse region in Louhans and Vonnas. Experience one of the most significant, vibrant markets in Burgundy in Louhans today with time to explore at leisure. Transfer to Vonnas where Michelin Chef Georges Blanc transformed the village into a gourmand square. Lunch is at leisure for you to choose exactly where you would like to partake in this culinary wonderland. Return to the chateau for a Chef’s dinner.

Day 8: Head to Dijon, where you will explore the capital city of the historical Burgundy region in eastern France, one of the country’s principal wine-making areas. Enjoy a guided gourmet walking tour, which will include a mustard tasting and a tasting of the renowned pain d’épice (spice bread), as well as a close-up view of the historical architecture that ranges from Gothic to art deco. After leisure time to stroll Dijon and to enjoy a light lunch, you will head to Chateau du Clos de Vougeot for a guided tour. The Château du Clos de Vougeot is the headquarters of the Climats de Bourgogne and the Seat of the Order of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Originally a wine farm, built in the 12th century by monks from the nearby Abbey of Cîteaux with its medieval vat-house and presses, Cistercian cellar and original kitchens, it forms a unique architectural whole, attracting history lovers, architecture lovers or wine lovers. Following the tour, enjoy a private wine tasting at a nearby vineyard in the Côte de Nuit. Return to the chateau for a Chef’s dinner.

Day 9: Experience Tournus, stretching on the banks of the Saône between the plain of Bresse and Mountains Macon, where you will visit a local organic farm, Le Cos-Piguet. You will discover the world of the black truffle and the work of a truffle dog, as well as have the opportunity to taste both the black truffle and Safran (another of the gourmet ingredients grown and harvested at Le Cos-Piguet) with a glass of wine. Following your morning tour, you will be transferred to the charming city of Cluny for lunch at Hostellerie d’Heloise (or similar) before enjoying a guided tour of the Abbaye de Cluny. Return to the chateau for a light dinner with Chef Bob Waggoner.

Day 10: Today will be at leisure to relax on your last full day in Burgundy before experiencing a Michelin-star restaurant for a farewell dinner with Chef Bob Waggoner.

Day 11: Private transfers will transport you to Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport on your final morning.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Deposit is nonrefundable unless you mention any valid offer in advance of your booking.* Itinerary subject to change. Premier Tours & Travel reserves the right to modify programs and itineraries (including arranged sightseeing, accommodations, dining experiences, aircraft, trains, vessels, and so forth) at any time due to unforeseen circumstances or circumstances beyond Premier Tours & Travel’s control, such as but not limited to a pandemic. In the instance our Expert host cancels due to unforeseen circumstances, the tour will continue in its entirety. Every effort is made to operate our itineraries as planned but alterations may need to be made after the final itinerary has been issued.  Airfare is not included. Wine is included as noted otherwise alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of each adult guest. Guests are limited to one carry on and one checked baggage and will be responsible for any additional fees charged for additional luggage. For additional information, please read Key Items to Know Before You Leave Home.

PLEASE NOTE: ** Two fishing rods as well as tennis racquets and balls are available on property. You will need to purchase lines and bait in nearby Romenay. There will be eight bicycles available for use during the week. Premier Tours & Travel will connect you with off-site tour vendors should you wish for other experiences for your days at leisure, such as for a catfish hunting safari, bicycle winery tour, and hot air ballooning from the chateau, to secure your reservations. For massage services on property, we will connect you with the recommended massage therapist.

 

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Premier Experiences, Premier Advantages

  • English-speaking director and local Premier representatives

  • Airport meet and greet

  • Private Group transfers*

  • Curated 5-Star Luxury Hotel Boscolo (or similar) and a high-end country estate

  • Full breakfast included daily

  • 5 Lunches, 6 Chef’s Dinners, a Welcome Dinner, and a Michelin-star Dinner

  • Curated tours and experiences, such as guided city tours, Le Cite de La Gastronomie tour and tasting, private, guided tour and film viewing at Institut Lumière, gourmet walking tour in Dijon, Domaine Cos-Piguet for truffles and safran (including entrance fees, taxes, and gratuities)   

  •  River cruise with lunch on Pont-de-Vaux in Tournus

  •  Internet (where available)

  • 24/7 Premier support

ABOUT CHEF BOB WAGGONER

  
 

Chef Bob Waggoner received his formal training with Michael Roberts at Trumps in Los Angeles from 1981 to 1983, and later in France at a constellation of Michelin-rated restaurants with chefs Jacques Lameloise, Charles Barrier, Pierre Gagnaire, Gerard Boyer and Mark Meneau. At 23, he took on his first chef position at the private club “Members” in Caracas, Venezuela. Chef Bob Waggoner returned to France at age 24 to become chef of the Hotel de la Poste in Avallon for three years. Then, in 1988 at age 26, in the town of Moneteau in Burgundy, he became the first American chef to own his own restaurant in France, the much acclaimed Le Monte Cristo. He is one of the few Americans to be Knighted with the “l’Odre du Mérite Agricole” from the Government of France. In 1991, Waggoner was offered the opportunity of Chef de Cuisine with Chef Jean-Pierre Silva, the two-star Michelin, at Le Vieux Moulin in Beaune, France. After 11 years in France, he returned to the States in 1993 to cook at the award-winning Turnberry Isle in Florida, before joining The Wild Boar in Nashville, where he earned the restaurant a coveted AAA Five-Diamond Award and the Grand Award from Wine Spectator.

 

He finally found his way to Charleston where he was Executive Chef of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place for a dozen years. Every year, Chef Bob Waggoner was at the Charleston Grill, it was awarded AAA Four-Diamond and the Mobile Four-Star award, and in 2001-2005 he was nominated four times for The Beard Foundation "Best Chef Southeast" award. He is the author of Charleston Grill at Charleston Place: French Influenced Lowcountry Cuisine. Always well regarded as a media-savvy chef, he has won an Emmy for his television show, Off the Menu with Turner South. He also hosted 2 cooking shows with PBS, U Cook with Chef Bob and Sing for Your Supper with Chef Bob.  Currently, he is the owner of “In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner” where he hosts cooking classes in a relaxed, casual, and sophisticated atmosphere. With his easygoing nature, he can teach anyone the culinary tips and techniques for "how it's done" in the finest restaurants.

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